I was reminded the other day that Chicagoans who visit my site are not Borgs; they do not have some sort of collective memory of all things pertaining to Chicago's history. And my visitors from around the country and the world may be even less informed.
A couple days ago I mentioned the "castles" that were built on the Gold Coast at the turn of the century by the city's elite, but failed to provide an example. My bad... So, to clarify, let's take a look at Queen Bertha's abode.
The residence of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer (shown above) was located at 1350 Lake Shore Drive.
The Palmer Mansion...
--was built between 1882 and 1885
--was designed by by Henry Ives Cobb and Charles Sumner Frost
--cost $1,000,000 to construct
--was, at one time, the largest private residence in Chicago and had an elevator
--had no locks and doors could only be opened from the inside
--required a staff of 26
--had 42 rooms
--was "de-constructed" (demolished) in 1950
There are three pages of photos of the interior of the mansion available for viewing in the Art Institute of Chicago Historic Architecture and Landscape Image Collection
Potter Palmer, the "Father of State Street," obviously believed that a man's home was his castle - literally.